Active in India for more than 20 years, responsibility for Debevoise & Plimpton’s India group falls to the “exceptional” Lord Goldsmith QC, chair of European and Asian litigation, and corporate partner Geoffrey Burgess. Focusing primarily on these two disciplines, the 10-strong team draws on lawyers from New York, London and Hong Kong and offers clients support in M&A and joint ventures, private equity and fund formation, direct investment, and capital markets, as well as commercial, investment and treaty disputes. Clients include major international investment banks, private equity firms, international strategic investors and Indian corporates looking to raise capital or acquire companies outside of India.
The firm has seen a marked increase in its India-related work over the past year, having acted for Konkola Copper Mines Limited, a major Zambian subsidiary of Vedanta Resources, in LCIA arbitration and potential court proceedings concerning its dispute with a substantial mining contractor. Other engagements include advising on an outbound acquisition for an Indian pharmaceutical client, acting in an inbound joint venture for a consumer products venture, and advising on an international dispute for a foreign investor under a bilateral investment treaty.